I had the pleasure of seeing Lichfield Operatic Society's production of The Full Monty at the Lichfield Garrick last night. Whether amateur or professional it is a challenge to fill such a beautiful, yet vast stage - but Lichfield Operatic triumphantly succeeded.
The high energy opening juxtaposed to the slower paced introduction of each of the leading men. Down on their luck - the men have been unemployed for months and they're desperately seeking jobs. After stumbling across a stripper club and watching all of the women happy to spend their hard-earned cash on such frivolities, they turn their hand to stripping.
The cast is led strongly by these 6 men, each individually shining in their roles; Phil Bourne as unemployed Dad, Jerry Lukowski, Ben Green as the body conscious Dave Bukatinsky and David Hill as ‘under-the-thumb’ Harold Nichols are all excellent. Patrick Jervis is endearing as Malcolm MacGregor, with an impressive voice to match and Fidel Lloyd as ‘Horse’ is completely delightful, with a velvety voice and suave dance moves, which were thrust into the spotlight in Big Black Man. Completing the group was Mark Johnson as Ethan Girard, who shone in his role.
A dazzling turn in the show comes from Julie Mallaband as Jeanette. Utterly hilarious, each of her entrances were anticipated by the audience and every line was perfectly delivered. Musical highlights included Bourne, Green and Jervis forming a comical trio in Big-Ass Rock and the finale number Let It Go.
The smooth scene changes make for a fast-paced production, which are a credit to the director, Helen Gilfoyle. It is abundantly clear that she has had fantastic support, in a show that includes superb choreography by Charlotte Middleton and crisp harmonies under the musical direction of Jack Hopkins.
Lichfield Operatic Society is overflowing with talent. From the ensemble to the principles, the creatives to the backstage crew, The Full Monty guarantees an enjoyable evening out.
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